Making Sense out of Workplace Scents: Learn How to Accomodate Odors and Allergies in the Workplace

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm for the greater Springfield area, today announced an upcoming webinar, “Workplace Scent Allergies and the ADA: Tips for Sniffing Out Your Compliance Obligations,” to take place Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. Register for the webinar risk-free online at

“With 60 million Americans suffering from asthma, allergies or both,” said Labor Attorney and Partner Susan Fentin, “it is no surprise that employers are faced with the challenge of accommodating such conditions.”

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations go beyond just making employees comfortable. New ADA regulations make it easier for employees to file disability claims for allergies and other scent-related conditions.

Skoler Abbott invites you to attend a risk-free webinar and learn how to deal with demands for a scent-free, allergen-free workplace. Participants in this webinar will learn:

  • The difference between fragrance sensitivity and allergies
  • When one’s scent-based ailments are likely protected under the ADA
  • Practical strategies for accommodating scent-based allergies
  • What you should never do when an employee with a scent allergy requests an accommodation
  • Tips for handling interpersonal conflicts that may arise between coworkers when one’s perfume or soap is allegedly making the other sick
  • How to develop a policy on fragrances that passes the legal sniff test, including sample policy language to include
  • Whether implementing a perfume-free workplace may be an accommodation you must make if requested
  • Case studies involving organizations that have faced allergy and odor accommodation challenges

In this 90 minute webinar you will get the facts behind asthma and allergy sensitivities and when these ailments are considered disabilities under the ADA.  The webinar is presented by Skoler Abbott & Presser, P.C., on behalf of BLR®. Business & Legal Resources (BLR) helps U.S. businesses simplify compliance with state and federal legal requirements, and helps them become more successful. They do this by offering authoritative content and practical, easy-to-use tools.  To learn more about BLR and their workshops log on to